Friday, September 23, 2005

Davis-Bacon: Pork for the Cutting

David Bernstein makes a compelling case that Davis-Bacon shouldn't just be suspended in the Katrina zone, but that it should be repealed altogether. I, for one, had no idea that the law was designed to prevent minority participation in government construction contracts. It seems to me, that Bernstein's evidence makes it clear that if Democrats really are the champions of minority and immigrant rights than they ought not support a law that disproportionately prevents them from securing jobs with government construction contractors. I've supported repealing Davis-Bacon for economic reasons (it drives up the cost of government contracts and increases barrier to entry for new competitors) since I worked for a pro-growth employment think tank. Bernstein makes the argument quite well in a piece that, shockingly, the New York Times declined to publish after requesting it.